Period 1: This week students described three-dimensional figures built from cubes by looking at horizontal slicing planes. They also used the formula V = bh to determine the volume of a right prism. Students identify the base and compute the area of the base by decomposing it into pieces. They also computed volumes of three-dimensional objects composed of right prisms by using the fact that volume is additive. Lastly, students explored the properties of angles formed by parallel lines and transversals.
Side Side Side (SSS) https://www.mathsisfun.com/algebra/trig-solving-sss-triangles.html
Side Angle Side https://www.mathsisfun.com/algebra/trig-solving-sas-triangles.html
Angle Side Angle (ASA) https://www.mathsisfun.com/algebra/trig-solving-asa-triangles.html
Angle Angle Side (AAS) https://www.mathsisfun.com/algebra/trig-solving-aas-triangles.html
Side Side Angle http://www.mathwarehouse.com/geometry/congruent_triangles/angle-side-side-postulate.php
Period 2 and 3: This week students explored finding unknown marked angles in a diagram using properties they learned last week. They also found angles properties of triangles. Students they described rectangular regions that result from slicing a right rectangular prism by a plane perpendicular to one of the faces. They described polygonal regions that result from slicing a right rectangular pyramid by a plane perpendicular to the base and by another plane parallel to the base. Lastly, students described polygonal regions that result from slicing a right rectangular prism or pyramid by a plane that is not necessarily parallel or perpendicular to a base.
Slicing Rectangular Prisms with a Plane
Seventh Grade Art with Ms. Newstadt
After using mirrors and pencils to observe create large and detailed drawings of their own eyes last week, students are mixing secondary (green, orange, violet) and tertiary (yellow green, blue green, red orange, yellow orange, blue violet, and red violet) using only primary colors (red, blue, yellow) to create a color wheel in the iris. Once this section is finished, students add black to create shades, white to create tints, and gray to create tones in finishing off the eye paintings. This element of art is called VALUE. Tints, shades, and tones make painted artwork richer and more interesting, as any number of color combinations can be created!
We continued our 7th Grade Art theme “A Sense of Self & Identity” via the creation of sketch drawings and wire sculpture self-portraits using only contour lines. We studied the work of Alexander Calder before creating our own works of art.
ALEXANDER CALDER VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovC9_LDnK1o
The first workout was completed in relay-style. In between each technical relay, there was a 75 yard sprint with 10 squats. The technical relays were wheelbarrow walk, crab walk backwards and forwards, bear crawl backwards and forwards concentrating on opposition, and a 2 foot hop.
Our second workout was a self-motivating workout. It was set up as "how many rounds can you do in 12 minutes." One round consisted of 6 different exercises. In this order, the workout was 10 full sit ups, 20 plank jacks, 5 burpees, 8 pushups, 10 squats, and a 75 yard sprint. They repeated the rounds as many times as they could in the time allotted.
Humanities with Mrs. Axtman
This week, students wrapped up their Inquiry Project presentations and built catapults out of popsicle sticks and rubber bands (just like Medieval Times, right?!). We then wrapped up the week with a bike ride all around downtown Boise to look at Romanesque and Renaissance Architecture influence right in our city! The bike ride was so fun and the kids did great; the perfect weather was also a bonus. The winner of our Architecture Scavenger Hunt is #BallerStreet!
Students: Drop by my classroom this coming week to grab your folders if you'd like to keep them, and your feedback from your presentations!
Health with Mrs. Stelzner
This week was the beginning of our nutrition unit. This is a cross-curricular unit that ties into English and Science. Some essential questions to start off the unit are: How does food affect your body? What practices and resources can help make me healthy food choices? What does healthy eating look like? Why are there so many health problems in the US caused by poor eating despite all of the available information?
This week we touched on nutrient deficiencies and are diving into proteins, carbohydrates, and fats and classifying foods into those categories.
Science with Mrs. Gnojewski
Students, can you....
-identify independent and dependent variables.
-identify constants in an experiment?
-write an effective research question and a formal hypothesis using an if/then statement?
-connect your research to energy transfer and the greenhouse effect?
What factors impact the amount of energy absorbed, reflected or transmitted by a surface? This week the students focus on designing an experiment to test the albedo of different materials. Students will start collecting data on Tuesday next week.
Check out the resources below expand your thinking.
Changes in Earth's Albedo
Astronomy with Mrs. Gnojewski
This week students pitched their proposals for their space missions and habitats to their peers. Congratulations to team Aaron and Jack and team Noah for being chosen for funding by their peers. Once again, I was blown away by the creativity, thoughtfulness and hard work the students devoted to their projects. The future is in good hands.
IB Awards for February!! Way to be IB at Sage Middle School!
Front Row-Left to Right-Cole, Luke, Gus, Eliza, Quinn